Criterion Originals

Criterion Originals

Criterion Originals
  • Introducing Allan Dwan

    This introduction by critic Farran Smith Nehme was recorded in 2023.

  • Isabella Rossellini in Conversation

    As the daughter of two legendary film artists, Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini grew up immersed in cinema before making her own indelible mark on the medium through her brilliant performances for auteurs like David Lynch and Guy Maddin and her own acclaimed projects lik...

  • Introducing British Noir

    The following interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith was recorded in 2023.

  • Intro to Method Acting with Vincent D’Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, and Isaac Butler

    This conversation between actors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio and author Isaac Butler was recorded in 2023.

  • Cheryl Dunye Interview

    This interview with writer-director Cheryl Dunye was recorded in 2020.

  • Queersighted: The Gay Best Friend

    This conversation between series curator Michael Koresky and author Mark Harris was recorded in 2023.

  • Quicker Than the Eye: Editing in SANSHIRO SUGATA

    Our home film school continues with David Bordwell’s analysis of Akira Kurosawa’s first film, a showcase for the powerhouse director’s range of talents.

  • Roger Corman’s Adventures in Moviegoing

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    The legendary producer, director, distributor, and mentor sat down with the Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern to discuss his life in film, covering everything from exploitation flicks to art-house classics.

  • Spotlight on PURPLE NOON with Imogen Sara Smith

    In the following introduction recorded in 2021, critic Imogen Sara Smith explores the seductive charm and subtle menace of René Clément’s gorgeous Patricia Highsmith adaptation, starring Alain Delon in his breakout role as the duplicitous Tom Ripley.

  • On Solace

    In this 2014 video essay, filmmaker :: kogonada explores director Ingmar Bergman’s CRIES AND WHISPERS, a film in three movements.

  • Mastering a New Medium: Sound in M

    Listen closely: Fritz Lang’s claustrophobic thriller has one of the densest, most skillfully layered soundtracks in all of early sound film.

  • David Simon on PATHS OF GLORY

    In this episode of our ongoing Under the Influence series, “The Wire” creator David Simon draws deep and surprising connections between his groundbreaking television series and Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 antiwar classic PATHS OF GLORY. Recalling his experience viewing the film with a group of Baltimo...

  • Spotlight on OBSESSION with Imogen Sara Smith

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    In the following introduction recorded in 2021, critic Imogen Sara Smith champions a hidden gem from blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk, who deftly balances suspense and black comedy in this British thriller.

  • Ira Sachs on JE TU IL ELLE

  • Ethan Hawke’s Adventures in Moviegoing

    1 season

    The thinking man’s movie star, Ethan Hawke has moved seamlessly between mainstream hits and acclaimed passion projects for directors such as Richard Linklater and Paul Schrader ever since breaking into Hollywood at age fourteen, garnering Academy Award nominations for both acting and screenwritin...

  • Austin Film Society

    Founded by Richard Linklater in 1985 as a screening series dedicated to bringing experimental and art cinema to Austin, Texas, the Austin Film Society has since grown into a cultural powerhouse and cornerstone of the city’s creative community—all while remaining true to its edgy, eclectic roots.

  • Art-House America: Maysles Documentary Center

    Founded in 2005 by pioneering nonfiction filmmaker Albert Maysles, the Harlem, New York City–based Maysles Documentary Center has fostered an incredible sense of community through its diverse, thought-provoking, and often challenging programming; classes that teach the fundamentals of documentary...

  • Secrets of the Hollywood Archives: FORBIDDEN PLANET

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    One of the most influential science-fiction films of the 1950s, FORBIDDEN PLANET shaped the evolution of the genre for decades to come with its groundbreaking production design, special effects, and electronic score. In this edition of Secrets of the Hollywood Archives, Oscar-winning visual-effec...

  • Secrets of the Hollywood Archives: TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH

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    One of the finest and most realistic war movies produced in 1940s Hollywood, TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH portrays the harrowing experiences of a group of American flyers stationed in Britain during World War II. But how did the filmmakers achieve the exciting aerial shots of star Gregory Peck flying a B-...

  • Spotlight on CHAMELEON STREET with Ashley Clark

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    In the following introduction recorded in 2022, Criterion curatorial director Ashley Clark explores the sly social critique and dizzying cinematic experimentation of writer-director-actor Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s lone feature to date, a sui generis masterpiece of American independent cinema.

  • Secrets of the Hollywood Archives: ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC

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    How did classic Hollywood’s special-effects artists create the extraordinary illusions that thrilled and delighted generations of moviegoers long before the advent of digital technology? In this new original series, visual-effects artist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt dig into the stud...

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

    In 2009, Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE) sat down with the late Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, to discuss his legendary career as an exploitation pioneer and creator of the splatter movie.

  • The Altman Apartment

    Friends of Robert and Kathryn Altman reminisce about their unique New York home.

  • The Universe Is Out There: Josh & Benny Safdie

    Get to know the siblings whose films have captured the frenetic pulse of New York’s city streets. An original documentary featuring footage from the making of their new thriller, GOOD TIME, along with several of the brothers’ early shorts.